City Council conditionally approves firearm license

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Updated at 10:30 a.m. to clarify appointments in final graph.

A local business may soon be able to buy and sell firearms after receiving conditional approval for a firearm license from the Troy City Council.

William Parker, with Premier Select Group, LLC, came before the council Tuesday asking for a firearms license pending approval for a federal firearms license.

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“This location is at the corner of Madison Street and South Brundidge Street across from Expert Tire, on the opposite corner,” said Council President John Witherington. “He currently operates a payday loan and title loan business there. He is going to expand that to a pawnshop. He’ll be purchasing gold and so forth. He has made an application, and agreed to comply with requirements from Troy Police Department.”

The council also approved a bid award to Palmer Electric for valve and electrical replacements, which will take place at Lift Station 67, located off Highway 167.

Lift Station 67, according to General Manager of Utilities Brian Chandler, is the largest and final station for sewage in the city of Troy.

Chandler said that the station is older and in dire need of the improvements to the electrical system and to the valves.

“It’s a big rehab of this station,” Chandler said. “It’s replacing all of the motor controls all the electrical services. It’s doing a lot of work there. This is a very critical lift station. If anything happens at this one, everything backs up down the line.”

Chandler said Palmer had been the apparent low bidder, and the city engineer had been pleased with the decision to accept the bid from Palmer Electric. Chandler said the Utilities Department had good experience with the company in the past.

In other items of business, the council approved a resolution appointing Brenda Debose to the Troy Hospital Health Care Authority. Witherington said the council had already appointed Debose to the Authority, but a resolution was needed to make the appointment official. The council also approved the re-appointment of Steve Flowers and Jennifer Ventress to the Health Care Authority of the City of Troy, which is a separate entity.